- Fidelis New Energy chooses Mason County, West Virginia, for the commissioning of a carbon neutral hydrogen life cycle project, a data center campus and a greenhouse complex
Fidelis New Energy® has selected Mason County, West Virginia, to locate its first net zero carbon emissions hydrogen production facility, incorporating proprietary technologies from FidelisH2®, a hydrogen-cooled and fueled data center campus clean, and a greenhouse system that uses waste heat and captured CO2 for low-cost, high-impact food production
HOUSTON and POINT PLEASANT, W.Va., Aug. 17, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Fidelis New Energy®, LLC ("Fidelis") is pleased to announce the selection of Mason County, West Virginia for a power plant carbon neutral ("net zero") life cycle hydrogen production and a low carbon microgrid -The Mountaineer GigaSystem™ ("Mountaineer") and the Monarch Cloud Campus™ for data centers powered by net zero hydrogen. Mountaineer will apply proprietary FidelisH2® technology, which enables the production of zero-carbon, life-cycle hydrogen from a combination of natural gas, renewable energy, and carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration ("CCUS").
As one of two West Virginia "High Impact Industrial Business Districts" based on Code 5B 2-21, the project consists of four phases, each producing in excess of 500 metric tons per day ("MTPD") of net zero carbon emissions hydrogen, with an approximate capital cost of 2,000 million dollars per phase, excluding associated investments in data centers, greenhouses, etc. The first phase FidelisH2 of the Mountaineer GigaSystem is expected to go live in 2028.
This carbon-neutral hydrogen will be used for various purposes such as carbon-neutral hyperscale data centers, greenhouses, transportation, and steel production.
Hyperscale data centers: Monarch Cloud Campus
Making West Virginia CCUS Leader
The West Virginia Department of Economic Development incentive package allows Mountaineer to conduct the additional geological assessment for carbon capture and sequestration ("CCS") required for the permits necessary to conduct CCS activities. These activities will serve as the foundation for the clean hydrogen and CCS industries in the state, providing a source of jobs and generating state revenue from the volumes of CO2 safely and permanently stored underground. Fidelis has a proven track record of CCS leadership, with experience partnering and developing carbon storage assets on the US Gulf Coast and in Europe. When all four phases of the Mountaineer GigaSystem are operational, approximately 10 million metric tons of CO2 per year will be permanently stored, bringing annual revenue of more than $100 million to West Virginia, or approximately $25 million per year. year per phase.
"I am very pleased that West Virginia will be home to the Mountaineer GigaSystem and Monarch Cloud Campus," said Governor Justice. "West Virginia has a long history as our nation's energy powerhouse, thanks to our hard-working people who know how to get the job done. And now, we're in a great position to get the most out of a new fuel - hydrogen - through this Incredible project in Mason County, Fidelis is undoubtedly going to help shape the future of West Virginia in a very big way by helping to get business off the ground in some really exciting new industries.
"During my tenure as Governor, West Virginia has witnessed many important victories in economic development, which have helped diversify our economy and foster the most business-friendly environment in the country. West Virginia's Choice for part of Fidelis for their projects adds another great victory to our growing record of success, and I thank everyone who has been involved in bringing this project to life."
John Musgrave, Executive Director of the Mason County Development Authority, commented, "The citizens of Mason County are delighted with the announcement that Fidelis New Energy has selected Mason County, West Virginia for its multi-million dollar development complex. clean, carbon-neutral hydrogen. The selection of the Mason County site is the result of a team effort involving national, state and county teams to attract this outstanding international company to West Virginia."
Musgrave added: "The project's four-phase construction plan will not only provide significant employment opportunities for the local workforce, with 800 full-time positions and 4,200 construction workers, but will also have a significant positive impact on the region's economy. The influx of workers and the establishment of facilities will bring more business, industry, and new technology to Mason County, the state, and the surrounding region. This excludes employment in data centers and greenhouses."
Fidelis and West Virginia have finalized the operating agreement that determines the conditions of the planned storage capacity and the pore space agreement that establishes the exclusive rights for the CAC in certain areas.
Energy transition technologies
Fidelis has a suite of patent-pending energy transition technologies that contribute to the decarbonization of hard-to-reduce industries. FidelisH2 is a novel hydrogen production route that allows carbon-neutral hydrogen to be obtained during its life cycle from natural gas and renewable energy. Fidelis' suite of energy transition technologies also includes H2PowerCool™ and CO2PowerGrow™. H2PowerCool uses FidelisH2 hydrogen as a net-zero energy source to power and cool data centers, enabling the creation of carbon-neutral data centers that can be hosted on-site at Mountaineer without the need for external indirect carbon credits or offsets.
The technologies will be used in data centers at the Monarch Cloud Campus, on land secured by Fidelis within Mountaineer facilities, and in other areas of Mason County. The total capacity of the data centers could reach 1,000 MW, which would mean an additional investment of more than 5,000 million dollars. Waste heat and a portion of CO2 captured from FidelisH2 production and waste heat from hyperscale data centers would be used as inputs for on-site greenhouses to decarbonize and reduce the cost of food production.
"By combining several proven technologies from leading vendors, including our partners at FidelisH2, Topsoe and Babcock
Along with the presentation of the project, Fidelis also announced a letter of intent with Babcock
West Virginia, ARCH2 and federal aid
Fidelis is pleased to be a project development partner through Mountaineer in the Appalachian Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub or "ARCH2", a regional hub that brings together private industry, state and local administration, academic and technological institutions, NGOs and communities. across the Northern Appalachian region to develop a full value chain, interconnected H2Hub solution in support of the US Department of Energy's vision of a national clean hydrogen grid. Additionally, projects like Mountaineer and the economic impact they will bring to host states like West Virginia would not be possible without the energy security and transition incentives passed by Congress in the Reducing Inflation Act. These provisions, including Section 45V production tax credits and Section 45Q carbon sequestration tax credits, ensure the economic viability of projects that increase America's energy security and incentivize the energy transition.
Commenting on the importance of federal support for carbon and hydrogen capture and sequestration projects, Senator Joe Manchin, Chairman of the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, stated: "The Carbon Reduction Act Inflation continues to be good for West Virginia, and I am pleased that Fidelis New Energy has chosen Mason County, West Virginia to install its new Mountaineer GigaSystem.West Virginia has long been America's energy powerhouse, and thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act, the Mountain State will continue to contribute to our country's energy security while growing as a hotbed of energy innovation with this announcement and many more to come This project will benefit West Virginia workers and their families, and I can't wait to see the new opportunities that Fidelis New Energy will bring to Mason County. There really is no better place to do business than wild and wonderful West Virginia."
US Senator Shelley Moore Capito also added, "As one of the creators of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, I am pleased to see the investments being made in the State as a result of this important legislation. West Virginia is well placed to lead by example in developing a regional hydrogen hub, which is why I have been a strong supporter of the Appalachian Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub (ARCH2).I hope its members continue to make investments like this and bring the jobs back to the State it so badly needs and the associated economic development.
Maj. Gen. (ret.) Jim Hoyer, a member of the Fidelis Advisory Council and Vice President for Economic Innovation at West Virginia University, added, "I am proud that the Fidelis New Energy team has selected Mason County, Virginia Occidental, for this next generation energy project. Thanks to Dan, Bengt and Pete and the entire team at Fidelis for their diligent efforts to make it happen. This will allow West Virginia to continue to be an energy leader while creating new jobs in energy technology for our citizens and will be a cornerstone of our "all in" energy strategy. It is also a great example of how West Virginia leaders work together to make things happen for our state. This project required vision and leadership at all levels to make it happen, including the vision and leadership of Senator Manchin and Senator Moore Capito on energy and national infrastructure, the vision and leadership of Governor Justice on economic development, and the vision and leadership of the Senate President Blair and Speaker Hanshaw and his members. It has also required diligent work by state and local staff, including John Musgrave and the Mason County team. We look forward to Fidelis creating many great economic opportunities for our state."
"We are proud to have chosen West Virginia as the location for the Mountaineer GigaSystem, where it can serve as an important anchor and support for the larger ARCH2 Hydrogen Hub. The state's position, at the forefront of US energy and chemical production, makes it a natural choice for a project like ours," said Pete Hollis, Senior Vice President and Global Head of CCUS at Fidelis.
Dan Shapiro, CEO and Co-Founder of Fidelis, added: "Fidelis is extremely grateful to committed West Virginian and Fidelis Advisory Board member, Major General James "Jim" Hoyer, who passionately advocated for us to implement our FidelisH2 hydrogen technology. in the Mountain State and introduced us to many of the people who have worked with us to make this announcement possible.We would like to express our gratitude to Governor Jim Justice and his administration, including Director Mike Graney, Secretary Mitch Carmichael, West Virginia Economic Development Authority and Mason County Economic Development for recognizing the value that the Mountaineer GigaSystem and Monarch Cloud Campus bring to West Virginia."
West Virginia has made great strides in positioning itself as a world leader in CCUS by taking advantage of its geology and passing laws that make West Virginia competitive with other states." Shapiro added, "We are grateful to Governor Justice, as well as the Speaker of the House of Delegates. Roger Hanshaw and Senate President Craig Blair for their role in positioning West Virginia as a leader in the growing CCUS industry through CCUS-related legislation enacted in the previous regular legislative session."
Given the importance of federal incentives for this project, as well as for the ARCH2 Hydrogen Center, Shapiro concluded: "This project and many other hydrogen projects, including ARCH2, would not be possible without the leadership of Senator Joe Manchin for the energy security and energy transition incentives passed in the Reduced Inflation Act Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin's support of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act was crucial to making hydrogen nodes possible, and we laud his continued efforts to expedite the permitting process for critical infrastructure projects throughout the United States."
About Fidelis New Energy
Fidelis New Energy, LLC is an energy transition company driving decarbonization through investments in renewable fuels, low/negative carbon products, and carbon capture and storage in Europe and the United States of America. Fidelis uses an "all of the above" energy philosophy focused on reducing carbon intensity by innovating new technologies through the integration of proven technologies.
Fidelis New Energy is headquartered in Houston, Texas with offices in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Copenhagen, Denmark. Fidelis also has a portfolio of patent-pending technologies that deliver climate benefits through innovative integration of proven technologies. For more information on Fidelis and its technologies, such as FidelisH2®, H2PowerCool™ and CO2PowerGrow™, visit //www.fidelisnewenergy.com/.
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